Cricket Wireless has added unlimited no extra cost calls and MMS picture messages to Mexico for users on plans priced at $50 and up.
There's been no official announcement of the change yet and its not mentioned on Cricket's public website either. But Cricket customers on the $50 and $60 plans are reporting that their online account management pages (image) now say that their plans include unlimited calls to landlines and mobile phones in Mexico as well as unlimited MMS to Mexico.
Until now Mexican calling was only available on Cricket as part of a $5 or $15 international add-on. The $5 add-on included unlimited calls to landlines in Mexico and 34 other countries, the $15 feature added 1000 minutes to mobiles in Mexico and 28 other countries.
I was able to confirm the changes in a chat session with Cricket customer support. The support agent offered the following statement:
"Cricket is adding Unlimited calls, SMS, and MMS to Mexico on the $50 plans and above, so every customer that is on the $50 plans and above automatically will have unlimited calls text and MMS to Mexico without any extra fee. Cricket international and international Extra will still remain at the current rates and specifications, however calls to Mexico will no longer be part of the usage shown.These start to take effect today"
This is a pretty big perk for Cricket to offer. As far as I know, no other prepaid provider currently includes more than 1000 minutes per month to Mexican mobile phones with any plan. I suspect that AT&T's recent $2.5 billion purchase of Mexican mobile operator Iusacell has made it economically feasible for AT&T and Cricket to offer no extra cost unlimited calls to all Mexican phones.
Update 2/10/15: Cricket issued a press release today confirming that effective 2/11, all $50 (before auto pay and group save discounts) and higher plans will include unlimited calls to landlines and mobile phones in Mexico and unlimited MMS to Mexico.
Image: HowardForums Unlimited Mexico calling now offered by cricket